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Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

1. Sillar Stone: Morning Tour from Arequipa

Appreciate the cutters of this stone in their daily tasks, as well as some samples of carvings. See where the masons take Ignimbrite and then patiently develop the Sillar. Discover in detail the preparation and learn the story behind the Sillar. Transfer from your hotel in Arequipa to the Culebrillas quarries (3km from the center of Arequipa), located in the district of Cerro Colorado and Yura. Finish with a transfer to the city of Arequipa back to your hotel.

Arequipa: City and Country Tour

2. Arequipa: City and Country Tour

Explore the beautiful city of Arequipa with an experienced local guide. See the Plaza de Armas and the streets of the Centro Historico. Look out over the city from the scenic overlook points of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto where you’ll have time to stretch your legs and take pictures of the Chili Valley and the Misti and Chachani Volcanoes. You'll also get to check out the Incalpaca Outlet, the mini-zoo inside it, and learn about the four types of South American camelids: llama, alpaca, vicuña, and guanaco. Visit the Sachaca district and the beautiful 19th-century church as well as the Balneario Tingo with its famous food including anticuchos and buñuelos. Travel the countryside along Via Paisajista to reach the 16th-century Mansion del Fundador and the Sabandia Mill where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the techniques used to process wheat with a stone mill. Before the end of the tour, admire the Andenes de Paucarpata, man-made platforms that create a microclimate system that allow for growing a large variety of products in each of the stands. Return to the city center at the end of your adventure.

Arequipa: City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

3. Arequipa: City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

Start with pickup from your hotel and be transferred to the Carmen Alto viewpoint. Admire the views of the countryside of Arequipa, the Chili river, and the Misti and Chachani volcanoes in the background. Head next to the Yanahuara viewpoint with a fantastic view of the city. After that, visit the Basilica of the Company of Jesus, built in a neo-Renaissance style, built with white stone, known as ashlar. You will then explore a bit of the main square of the city. Finally, discover the famous Convent of Santa Catalina, a prestigious institution of the XVI century, comprised of plazas, cloisters, and streets, that used to be inhabited by the daughters of prestigious families, who were kept by the convent’s nuns.

Arequipa: Afternoon City Tour

4. Arequipa: Afternoon City Tour

Begin with a visit to the monastery of Santa Catalina, a sample of 4 centuries of architecture in Arequipa with intrusive cells, small streets, and cloisters full of colorful flowers and walls painted in fresh dyes. Walk down narrow alleys leading to different parts of the convent whilst going through picturesque sites, and old living quarters including the original furniture. Visit the main square, one of the most beautiful in Peru - the Jesuit Church of the Company, which in its beautiful facade displays mestizo architecture, cloisters, and a dome. The narrow alleys will lead you to the various parts of the convent that go through picturesque places and places to stay and sleep with the original furniture. Visit the Plaza de Armas, one of the most beautiful in Peru. The Jesuit Church of the Company, which on its beautiful facade announces the so-called mestizo architecture, its cloisters, and dome, the Tristán del Pozo mansion. Get a magnificent view of the city at the typical districts of Carmen Alto and Yanahuara (Viewpoint and Church).

Arequipa: Afternoon Panoramic Bus Tour

5. Arequipa: Afternoon Panoramic Bus Tour

Embark on a unique visit to the city of Arequipa with a series of historical, and monumental heritage. See all the most important sights of the city center and its surrounding countryside. Jump on board a panoramic bus tour with specially conditioned units to be able to appreciate the landscapes with a 360 ° view from the second level of the bus, and a wide panoramic view from the first level. Visit the Arequipa main Plaza de Armas, the Mirador Carmen Alto, Plaza and Mirador de Carmen Alto, Yanahuara Mirador Church and Plaza, Incalpaca Outlet and Zoo, Sachaca District, Tingo Balneario. You will also visit Vogl vía landscaper, Mansion of the Founder, Stone Mill in Sabandia, and Andenería de Paucarpata. During this trip, you will be able to appreciate the landscape splendor of Arequipa. In its historic center, it presents colonial and republican religious architecture.

Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

6. Arequipa: Private City Tour and Santa Catalina Monastery

The route begins in Arequipa´s Main Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Peru. Facing this square is the imposing Cathedral, built in the 17th century. From there, continue to the Monastery of Santa Catalina, a cloister and small religious citadel built in 1579, still in use to this date. Then, visit the Church of the Compañia de Jesus (1590). Considered a classic example of local baroque architecture, it houses an exceptional collection of paintings and murals. Lastly, visit the districts of Yanahuara and Carmen Alto for a panoramic view of the Arequipa countryside. At the end, take a transfer back to the hotel.

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What people are saying about Arequipa

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 2 reviews

A different experience! It was a personalized tour where iconic neighborhoods of Arequipa were visited. Different views of the city and a very interesting closure in the oldest neighborhood called San Lázaro. With its anguished stone streets and multiple churches between El Barrio and the main square. A lot of history and many details that the tour allowed us to know and open our minds.

It was an interesting tour to get to know the area around Arequipa. The last stop could be saved (horse riding, old, simple mill). It got dark and the last 1/2 hour you can see nothing of the surroundings.

Great tour, option included English speaking tour, guide didn’t realize this so we had to ask and guide had minimal English. But did his best.

This was a great way to get an overview of the City of Arequipa, some of the surround suburbs and countryside.

Great tour to see as much sights as possible in a short period of time. Very friendly and helpful guides.